WHAT IS TYPE 1 DIABETES?

T1D is not a lifestyle disease. 

you cannot get it from eating too much sugar, and it can be diagnosed at any age. 

diagnosed

at any age

Type is diabetes is a chronic, autoimmune condition that currently has no cure.

It occurs when the body’s immune system

attacks the insulin-producing beta cells of the pancreas, an organ that produces insulin.

chronic

Insulin is a hormone needed to help regulate blood sugar. 

without it, sugar stays in the blood and can cause serious

damage to other organs in the body. 

Type 1 diabetes is not preventable.

though the cause is unknown, studies

have shown that T1D results from a genetic

predisposition Along with an environmental trigger.

Type 1 is different from Type 2 diabetes; which occurs when the

body cannot properly use insulin. 

(this is also called insulin resistance)

 

Type 2 is related to lifestyle, but there

is a genetic component. It can often be

treated with diet, exercise + medication.

no cure

not

contagious

not a

lifestyle

disease

not  

preventable

auto-

immune

24/7

Living with T1D is a full-time balancing act. It requires constant, 24/7 monitoring to avoid life-threatening and damaging low and high blood sugars. Blood sugar levels have to be monitored with finger pricks along with the addition of a continuous glucose monitor (CGM).

 

Insulin has to be meticulously calculated, based on BG levels, activity and stress levels, food intake, illness and other factors, then injected via syringes, pens or  an insulin pump. Excess glucose in the bloodstream can make it too acidic, poisoning the body and resulting in diabetic ketoacidosis, which can have devastating complications and be fatal if not treated. As a Type 1 diabetic, you essentially have to be your own body's pancreas.

Know the warning signs- it could save a life!

t1d is often

mistaken for:

Excessive Thirst
Frequent Urination
bedwetting or heavy diaper
rapid weight loss
increased appetite
Fatigue + Weakness
Irritability + Mood changes
fruity breath odor
rapid, heavy breathing
stomach pain, nausea + Vomiting
vision change + Headaches
stomach flu or virus
urinary tract infection
ask your doctor if it could be type 1!
Strep Throat
growth spurt

all above photos are mine, and illustrate what a life with T1D is like.